Ramaphosa: Killing of ANC candidates in KZN aimed at destabilising party

Twelve African National Congress leaders have been killed in the province in the past two months.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa poses for a picture during a campaign in Tembisa on Sunday 24 July 2016. Picture: @MYANC via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has blamed a string of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal on a hidden hand aimed at destabilising the provincial party ahead of the elections.

Twelve African National Congress (ANC) leaders have been killed in the province in the past two months.

Ramaphosa was campaigning in Tembisa yesterday with Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate Mzwandile Masina.

When the number of ANC leaders killed in Kwazulu-Natal hit 10, the provincial party instituted an investigation to find out if the killings have anything to do with internal divisions.

But Ramaphosa believes there are other forces at play.

"It's quite clear that there's a hidden hand that's destabilising the ANC, that's aimed at derailing the ANC's intention to go to victory."

The provincial party has since asked security cluster ministers to step in, while pleading with the Luthuli House to also intervene.

While Ramaphosa couldn't say how the party will assist, he said there will be a strong intervention.

Meanwhile, residents raised issues from unemployment, lack of service delivery and poor health care. They have called on the ANC to keep its promises.

Some say all is well and they will vote for the party because of its good track record.

"I am very proud of the ANC because today our children are able to get grants, grannies are able to get Sassa [grants] and RDP houses for those who can't afford," a resident said.